Sunday Weekly Review: When Should We Allow People to Believe the Lies that Sustain Them?
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For 21 months now, I have brought you “All the News the Government Does Not Want You to Know.” And I continue to be amazed by all who believe the lies the Bush Administration serves to us on a daily basis. From staged town hall meetings to paying journalists to covertly spout Administration propaganda to lying to us about the War in Iraq to avoiding press conferences to unparalleled secrecy, this Adminstration clearly does NOT want Americans to know the truth.
But is it always necessary to expose the truth? The best counter-argument I have ever seen to forcing people to confront the truth comes from a little-known play by a fairly well-known author: “The Wild Duck” by Hendrick Ibsen. Don’t worry: this little piece of literature won’t hurt you a bit. It’s actually a profound look at the little lies that sustain us all.
When should the truth be exposed? And when should lies be left alone?
I don’t have the answers to this one. But I have some very tough questions to ask.